Your child will learn to develop and improve his or her language skills this school year. The development of processing auditory information, understanding and increasing vocabulary, using correct grammar, and organizing one's thoughts to express oneself, includes practice, repetition, motivation, and maturity. Children acquire various receptive and expressive language skills at different rates and ages. Your child is enrolled in speech and language therapy at school because he or she has not yet developed certain language skills that are needed to be successful in the classroom setting.
Many children who have delayed language skills have difficulty comprehending what their teacher is saying to them, following complex directions in class, and/or have difficulty expressing themselves verbally and in writing clearly and coherently.
Your child will learn a variety of receptive and expressive language skills in therapy including but not limited to, learning new vocabulary words, making comparisons and contrasts among vocabulary, learning grammar, formulating complex sentences, understanding concepts, following multi-step directions, and visualizing and verbalizing one's thoughts and ideas clearly.
Your child may not readily use all of these new language skills consistently by the end of the school year. It takes lots of practice and time for new language patterns to become habit. Language skills learned in speech therapy overlap with grade-level curriculum in language arts. Hopefully, using new language skills in therapy will make your child feel more secure and confident in the classroom.